West Brom vs Wolves: Baggies can capitalise on woeful Wolves form

With relegation imminent at The Hawthorns, a strong finish to the season for West Brom could be crucial in dictating their direction for the future, starting with a game against Wolves.

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The clash between the two sides earlier this season produced five goals, as West Brom emerged 3-2 victors. With both having leaky defences, you can expect even more goals in this West Midlands derby.

Over 1.5 goals, 3+ West Brom corners, 5+ Wolves corners and 10+ booking points each team is 11/4 on Sky Bet.

The last 10 meetings between the two teams have produced 26 goals.

Both teams to score and 3+ corners for each team and 2+ cards for each team is 15/2 on Paddy Power.

Ruben Neves has picked up seven cards this season for Nuno Espirito Santo's side in the Premier League.

The Portuguese midfielder is 7/2 to be carded on Sky Bet.

Score Prediction: West Brom 2-2 Wolves

Barring a greater escape than their famous one in 2005, it appears as if West Brom are beginning to prepare for another season in the Championship next season, with the influence of Sam Allardyce proving not enough to save them on this occasion.

As it stands, the Baggies are 11 points adrift of 17th placed Newcastle and will undoubtedly need to win all five of their remaining games to have any hopes of another sensational survival story in the top flight. They can, however, cut that gap to eight with victory.

A disappointing campaign for Wolves thus far sees them reside in 12th position and look set for their worst Premier League finish under Espirito Santo since their promotion in 2018.

Having lost 4-0 to Burnley in their previous game, Wolves must prove the result was a blip and not a vulnerability as West Brom will look to exploit their defence through Matheus Pereira, Callum Robinson and Mbaye Diagne.

With very little at stake for either side between now and the end of the season, a score draw seems an appropriate guess for this one.

Strong finish to season crucial for Baggies

Although most people associated with West Brom have come to terms with their imminent relegation from the top-flight, this in no way means their remaining fixtures are meaningless.

Should Sam Allardyce remain at the club for next season, a strong finish to this campaign is pivotal in establishing a statement of intent for their Championship hopes, especially with the future of marquee players such as Pereira yet to be discussed.

With four difficult fixtures in Arsenal, LiverpoolWest Ham and Leeds awaiting them after this Hawthorns clash, the Black Country derby is the Baggies' best chance to pick up a late Premier League win.

With Wolves simultaneously misfiring in front of goal whilst struggling defensively, this game is far from beyond the reach of West Brom.

Last Premier League meeting

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 West Bromwich Albion

January 16, 2021

A brilliant brace of penalties from Pereria sealed a crucial victory for Allardyce's side at the Molineux earlier this season, sealing their second victory of the season in a welcomed result for their survival hopes.

It was indeed Pereira who scored the game's first goal after just eight minutes - Willy Boly tripped Robinson in the Wolves box to gift the visitors a chance of a dream start, and Pereira did exactly that by cooly slotting the ball into the bottom-left corner.

A tense 30 minutes followed the Brazilian's opener as Wolves frantically fought for an equaliser while West Brom hunted for an all important the second - and it was the former who eventually prevailed.

Fabio Silva - who with the first Molineux goal of his Wolves career - tapped the ball past Sam Johnstone from close range to draw the hosts level.

Just five minutes after their equaliser, Wolves had turned the game around. Boly was on hand to fire home after a goalmouth scramble resulting from Joao Moutinho's inswinging corner, to put his side ahead on the stroke of half-time.

In another exciting twist, the game took another turn as Semi Ajayi levelled for the Baggies after 52 minutes, who looped a superb header over Rui Patricio after a Kyle Bartley flick on.

Revitalised by the confidence of the equaliser, West Brom pushed for their chance to go ahead in the game for a second time, and their persistence was rewarded just four minutes later.

Wolves captain Conor Coady carelessly brought down Robinson after a dangerous West Brom attack, awarding them their second spot-kick of the day. Pereira converted to snatch a crucial three points for the Baggies in the Black Country derby.

Premier League head-to-head record

Played: 5

West Brom wins: 3

Draws: 1

Wolves wins: 1

West Brom scored: 12

Wolves scored: 7

Win will be welcomed by Wolves

In a topsy-turvy season at the Molineux, Wolves have failed by all accounts to completely steady their ship, with injuries to key players and large spells of erratic form proving to be great hindrances to Espirito Santo's side.

The loss of a key talisman in Raul Jimenez has seen a number of goals dry up for the Molineux outfit, that would have been scored in previous seasons.

This, coupled with a number of shaky defensive displays has seen a decrease of 24 in the club's goal difference in comparison to the last campaign, as the club have significantly struggled to pick up points this time around.

As a result, they currently reside in 12th and look set to fail in their bid to finish in the top seven for a third successive season.

In the wake of last week's drubbing to Burnley, a win against their Black Country rivals will certainly be welcomed by Wolves as they look to stabilise themselves.

Goalscoring bets

Having dazzled for the Baggies in the Championship, it has come at no surprise that Matheus Pereira has been crucial for the Baggies this season, netting nine goals.

The Brazilian is 7/1 on Sky Bet to score from outside the area.

Callum Robinson scored a brilliant brace for the Baggies in their thrashing of Chelsea last month. Robinson is 9/4 to score anytime on Paddy Power.

Fabio Silva has struggled to score regularly for the Molineux outfit this season, and will be determined to grab his fourth goal of the season. He also scored in Wolves' 2-3 defeat to West Brom earlier this season.

Silva is priced at 23/10 on Sky Bet to score anytime.

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